Wet and dreary weather blessed the first day of the Jubilee Weekend and second of Summer in Bristol, but thankfully Dot To Dot’s nationally-touring festival provided a suitable ailment. Bristol played first host (followed by Nottingham and Manchester on Sunday and Monday) to a line-up of internationally-recognised and local acts across seven of the city’s venues. Click for the full review…
Regular readers will know how much we dig cross-genre experiments with African sounds…
As if the connoisseurs behind Outlook Festival hadn’t provided us with enough festivities to drool over this summer, they’re sister festival Dimensions will be unloading even more Electronic nutrition to feast
Geordie songstress Lulu James is single-handedly leading a Future-Soul revolution in the North-East armed with a powerful voice and the dark, Post-Dubstep productions of Domzilla. We were lucky enough to catch her at the Great Escape Festival earlier this month where she lit up a rather drab afternoon in Brighton with her extravagant wardrobe.
After the release of Private-Beats mixtapes Vol.1 and Vol.2, packed full of Funk, Soul and Hip-Hop beats, Stanley Bloom and Mike Ro Wave are due to release a full album titled Pacific Shore. It’s the product of a California road trip and Road 1 is the excellent first single.
Win two tickets to Big Beach Bootique Brighton 5 with Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Luciano, Maya Jane Coles and more. Prize worth over £70. Click for more details.
Japanese beatmaker Mabanua has his fingers dipped into a number of projects (including Green Butter and Ovall) but on his own his work is just as fine. On Mystery, the jazzy piano beat and sweet tones of Nicholas Ryan Grant go really nicely together, prefect for this fine weather (in the UK anyway) on a Sunday afternoon.
In case Bristol doesn’t have have enough top festivals this summer, here’s another one to add to your diaries. Dot To Dot will be hitting Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester for one day each and Bristol is the first stop on 2 June. Listen to our Top five acts not to miss.
Latvian ambient from founding member of avant-garde group NSRD.
A ten minute ambient waterfall on ESP Institute.
Psychedelic Anatolian rock on Ironhands.
World-infused electro on Israeli imprint MUSAR.
New project formed in Tokyo feat. Mark de Clive-Lowe and members of Kyoto Jazz Sextet, Cro Magnon, Sleepwalker and more.
A dreamy percussive rework from The Music From Memory affiliate.
A heap of jazz-sampling hip-hop, NYC rocksteady and a boogaloo Beck cover.
Contemplative songs for a lonely winter night from the Coastal Haze family member.
Cape Verdian new wave, Cameroonian jazz-funk and Utrecht electronica.
Calming ambient, jazz funk fusion and soul pop, all by way of Japan.
80s synth-pop, Balearic and Italo from the NTS and dublab resident.
1971 Jazz fusion, 1978 emotive Lebanese tones, and 1986 Ivory Coast reggae.
Hong Kong mix, plus interactive map and favourite spots around town.
Showcasing Bulgaria’s rich heritage and vibrant present from a DJ who counts Zip as a fan.
Funk, soul, rhythm n blues, biscuits and coffee make up this gorgeous mix and delightful city guide.